Skin Cancer & MOHS Surgery Reconstruction in Miami, Florida
MOHS Reconstruction is a specialized procedure in which defects from the removal of skin cancers by a MOHS excision are reconstructed. A MOHS excision is a type of skin cancer treatment whereby minute layers of cancerous skin tissue are removed layer by layer until all involved tissue is removed. This allows as much surrounding healthy tissue as possible to be preserved.
While MOHS excisions are highly successful and effective as skin cancer treatments, they often leave defects that can be quite extensive. When occurring on highly visible areas like the nose, lips, and eyelids, a Miami plastic surgeon may perform a MOHS reconstruction to repair any resultant defects. An experienced plastic surgeon is essential for MOHS surgeries to make the proper design decisions and achieve the best possible results for closure of the defect and aesthetic concerns.
Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Galitz performs reconstruction of MOHS defects in his office-based surgical suite at Aventura Plastic Surgery in Aventura, Florida, or in a nearby outpatient center. Local anesthesia or IV sedation may be used. Surgical times can vary depending on the individual case with the procedure taking as little as twenty minutes for smaller reconstructions to as much as two hours for more extensive cases. There are many different techniques which may be used to reconstruct MOHS defects and, as such, the procedure is a very individualized one.
Risks Involved with MOHS Surgery
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved with having a MOHS procedure done to remove cancerous skin cells. Although these risks are relatively minor patients should be aware there is the possibility of:
- Bleeding of infection
- Pain at the incision site
- Numbness at the surgery site (usually temporary)
MOHS reconstruction surgery can be especially effective when it comes to facial skin cancer sites, helping the patient to still feel like themselves when they look in the mirror.
Types of MOHS Reconstruction Techniques
When you are looking for an experienced Miami plastic surgeon to perform a MOHS reconstruction procedure near you there are a number of techniques that could be employed by the surgeon to get the very best results. They include:
Flap Techniques – this is the most common procedure Miami plastic surgeon, Dr. Galitz, performs, where a piece of skin tissue that has a blood supply through an artery or vein is set into the incision site to replace and heal over the removed skin tissue.
Skin Grafts – where small areas of skin are taken from a different part of the body and grafted to the reconstruction area
Tissue Expansion – a material is placed under the incision site to promote skin growth of the area
Grafting – either cartilage or bone is taken from a donor site and used to help reconstruct the incision area
Top-rated Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Galitz will sit down and discuss these options with you, and determine the best course of action to help you end up with the most pleasing results after your MOHS procedure.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From A MOHS Reconstruction Procedure?
Recovery after MOHS reconstruction takes approximately one week, though work can often be resumed after just two days. The stitches are removed after one week and at this time exercise and more strenuous activities can typically be removed. This is a safe procedure with minimal risk of complications.
Dealing with skin cancer can be traumatic enough without having to face obvious defects and deformities of your face or other areas of your body. When you are looking for a surgeon near you to help repair the necessary damage done by a MOHS procedure you want one that you can trust. Dr. Galitz has been performing MOHS surgeries, as well as other plastic surgery procedures such as chin augmentation, lip enlargement, nose reconstructions, and more for over 30 years at the same Aventura Florida location just north of Miami. He is double board-certified, a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the prestigious American College of Surgeons. As well as an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
For more information about MOHS reconstruction surgery or to set up an appointment for a consultation please contact our office today.